At one time, Airedales were the most popular breed of dog in the US, partly down to Laddie Boy, an Airedale owned by President Warren Harding. Born in 1920 (the dog, that is, not the President) Laddie Boy was the world's first "celebrity dog". Newspapers published mock interviews with him. He had a specially carved chair of his own in the White House, where he sat during meetings. He had birthday parties at which dog biscuit cakes were served to doggie guests from the neighbourhood. A statue of the dog can be found in the Smithsonian Institution.